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United bows to consumer pressure

You can take away our in-flight meals, cram us into uncomfortable seats for hours at a time and charge a fortune for our checked bags, but don't mess with our pets.


That's the message United Airlines got recently from 46,000 petitioners who disagreed with the company's PetSafe pet transporting program. The policy did not allow for certain breeds of dogs to be transported in the company's planes.


Nine breeds were on the no-fly list, including the pit bull terrier, cane corso and American staffordshire terrier.

"They used to "fly the friendly skies," but United's new policy of canine profiling is anything but friendly to families who travel with their dog, if their dog happens to look like a pit bull," wrote Best Friends Animal Society, one of several pro-animal groups.

United reversed the policy this week, but still requires the breeds to be transported in a specific kind of reinforced container.


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